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The Gun, the Ship, and the Pen

Linda Colley’s fascinating and important book shows how constitutions have helped to bring about a revolution in human behavior, ideas and beliefs.

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Review of ‘The Gun, the Ship, and the Pen’

From the mid-18th century to the beginning of World War I, two approaches to transforming the world—warfare and constitutions—played in tandem. The unusual relationship between them is the fascinating and important subject of Princeton historian Linda Colley’s The Gun, the Ship, and the Pen: Warfare, Constitutions, and the Making of the Modern World

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